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Streamlining Board Approvals: Unanimous Written Consent and Electronic Approval

Many corporate actions require board of directors approval for various reasons. For example: - State corporate law requires board approval for many things, such as when a company issues shares; - A company’s...more

Blog: Does Director Tenure Affect Company Value?

With a number of institutional investors and proxy advisory firms advocating that public companies adopt “board refreshment” policies, much energy has been devoted to studying the impact of director tenure in the context of...more

European Restructuring Landscape Improves with Multiple Reforms

In light of the UK’s cram down and director-friendly processes, in particular its scheme of arrangement model, major European economies such as France, Germany and Italy have worked hard to develop regimes that give greater...more

Blog: DE Court Comments on Block-Holder Rights in OptimisCorp

The Delaware Supreme Court issued an Order this week in OptimisCorp v. Waite that could have implications for VC-backed or other companies with so-called “block-holder” directors – or directors who are appointed by a...more

Indiana’s New Commercial Courts Are Open for Business

Joining nearly two dozen sister states across the country that already have established specialized business courts, Indiana’s Commercial Courts last week began accepting cases that will be subject to new rules designed to...more

A Compilation of Non-Enforcement and Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Mutual Fund Directors Must Be Vigilant in Addressing Risks - In remarks to the Mutual Fund Directors Forum, SEC Chair Mary Jo White outlined some of the risks and challenges that mutual fund...more

Blog: Do Women Directors Promote Higher CEO Pay?

As reported on Sunday in this NYT column by Gretchen Morgenson, recent data shows that boards with more gender diversity pay higher compensation to their CEOs. An Equilar analysis of CEO pay at 100 large companies “found...more

Court Of Chancery Enjoins Board Reduction Plan Prior To Director-Election

This is an excellent review of the law governing when the Court will enjoin board action that affects the ability of stockholders to elect directors....more

CMA warns UK estate agents against colluding in online portal selection

On 21 April 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) published an open letter to estate agents in the UK stressing the importance of making independent commercial decisions and warning them against unlawful...more

Drafting Indemnification Provisions to Address Common Issues

Corporate bylaws and operating agreements often contain provisions that provide for indemnification to directors, officers and in some cases employees and agents who become parties to litigation, arbitration or investigations...more

Managing Cybersecurity Risk for Nonprofit Organizations: A Fiduciary Duty?

We live in an era of increasingly prevalent cybercrime, and nonprofits are in the crosshairs.  Harvard University, Penn State University and two BlueCross BlueShield entities are just a few nonprofit organizations that...more

B.C. Court of Appeal Issues Important Guidance on Directors’ Disclosable Interests, Oppression Proceedings

The B.C. Court of Appeal last week released a wide-ranging decision on the availability of oppression proceedings under the B.C. Business Corporations Act (BCA), when interests of directors will be disclosable as a...more

Director Duties: 2016 Amendments to the Maryland General Corporation Law and Maryland REIT Law

On April 26, 2016, Governor Hogan signed House Bill 354 (chapter 171), which amends the Maryland General Corporation Law (the “MGCL”) to clarify that a director of a Maryland corporation only has an obligation to comply with...more

Blog: CEOs Behaving Badly? What Do Companies Do?

CEOs ain’t misbehavin’? A new study from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, “Scoundrels in the C-Suite,” discusses the fallout from and responses to “bad behavior” by CEOs. While “bad behavior” clearly includes...more

The Quiet Demise of Director Meeting Fees

As director duties have become increasingly burdensome and complex, companies have responded with variations on, and additions to, the traditional fee arrangements. It is now common to see equity awards of various...more

Blog: 2016 Global Board Of Directors Survey Highlights Differences In Viewpoints Between Male And Female Directors, Particularly...

The inaugural 2016 Global Board of Directors Survey of more than 4,000 directors of both public and large, privately held companies from 60 countries conducted by Spencer Stuart, the WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) Foundation...more

Blog: How Do Activists Get Corporate Boards To Focus On Climate Change Issues? Talk Softly And Carry A Big Stick

With today’s signing of the Paris climate change accord, one question that now arises is how do activists get corporate boards to focus on climate change issues? They talk softly and carry a big stick. And, according to this...more

Concerned about a going concern? New standards on accounting standards

Following on from our recent blog post on Ralls Builders Limited (in liquidation) [2016] EWHC 243 (Ch), in which Mr Justice Snowdon discussed the issues around wrongful trading under section 214 of the Insolvency Act 1986 and...more

Blog: Equilar Report On Trends In Director Stock Ownership Guidelines

The consulting firm Equilar has recently issued a Report on its study of trends in the design and prevalence of director stock ownership guidelines among Fortune 100 companies. The study looked at the fiscal years 2012, 2013...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Demand Refused Rules

This initial formal decision by the recently-appointed Vice Chancellor shows her firm commitment to the tradition of the Court of Chancery to produce well-written, scholarly opinions. ...more

Board Refreshment: Investors Respond to Trends in Mandatory Retirement Age and Tenure with More Stringent Voting Policies

As many institutional investors have concluded, prevailing governance policies and practices have not produced desired board refreshment, which these investors would support in order to strengthen expertise, promote diversity...more

Director disputes: wrongly appointed directors

A change to the Companies Act 2006 provides a simpler method for a person who did not consent to act as a director to have their name removed from the public register at Companies House. The new process is available from 6...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Remember to Update Your Risk Disclosure on an Ongoing Basis - The staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued guidance reminding mutual funds, exchange traded funds, and other...more

Blog: Scrutiny Of Director Tenure Continues: Is It The Next Cause Célèbre?

The scrutiny of pale, stale and male boards continues, this time focused on the “stale,” that is, long-tenured directors. According to the WSJ, institutional investors are increasingly questioning whether more turnover on...more

Rush to conflict: Hurried transaction fails after British Columbia court finds conflicts of interest

Conflicts of interest in corporate transactions can present thorny issues for directors, management and their advisors. A British Columbia company recently found itself in a prickly situation when a proposed deal was...more

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